On behalf of the ACI-NA team in Washington and Ottawa, we look forward to welcoming you and more than 1,700 airport leaders to Long Beach, California, and the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition! ACI-NA extends our warmest thanks to Long Beach Airport, our 2015 host airport, for their strong support for this important industry event.
Industry support for the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition continues to grow because of the high priority our members place on having an impactful forum to discuss challenges and collaborate around solutions. We are proud of our reputation of being the industry’s go-to source for the latest intelligence and our ability to help airports overcome the significant challenges that exist in today’s competitive environment.
The 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition
helps round out all of ACI-NA’s initiatives to assist members in overcoming challenges related to policy and regulatory issues, air service development, airport operations, and more. Given the challenges that exist beyond the horizon, we are so glad you’ll be there. For those watching along at home, our daily issue of Centerlines LIVE will keep you up to speed.
Don’t want to miss out? There is still time to register
See you in Long Beach!
Kevin M. Burke
President and CEO
The latest issue of the brand new Centerlines
magazine hit mailboxes last week. Each topic and article were carefully selected to position Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees ahead of the curve. Plan to read each of the articles on your flight to LGB, including:
Glamour Meets Convenience at Long Beach
: LGB Director Bryant Francis invites you to visit Long Beach Airport, the official 2015 Annual Conference Host Airport, while in sunny Long Beach. Read more
A Whole New Ballgame:
Airports have always been in the business of finding and retaining air service. But as communities continue to deal with the ongoing aftereffects of airline consolidation, airports are coming up with fresh approaches to attract new air service and keep the flights they already have. Read more
The Dollars and Sense of Environmental Planning:
Duration and cost vary, but all sustainable airport projects ultimately strive to make good sense. Read more
Enabling the Future - Technology for Tomorrow’s Airport:
SITA says that by 2034, 7.3 billion people will be traveling through our airports. That’s equivalent to today’s total world population and more than double today’s number of air travelers. Read more
A Competitive Edge:
When EDGE4VETS brings airports and veterans together, everybody wins. Read more
Building for the Orlando Experience:
As Executive Director Phil Brown explains, multiple projects are underway that will take Orlando International to the next level. Read more
Seeing the Big Picture:
Richard Haury named 2015 William E. Downes, Jr. Award Recipient. Read more
Author and TalentSmart® Cofounder
Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart®, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training serving more than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry is a LinkedIn Influencer and a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The World Economic Forum, and The Huffington Post. He has written for, or been covered by Newsweek, Time, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.
Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of The NPD Group, Inc., is a nationally known expert on consumer behavior and the retail industry. He has followed retail trends for more than 30 years at NPD as the head of leading fashion and apparel manufacturers as well as major retailers. As part of his work at NPD, Marshal leads many top firms in long-range and strategic planning sessions. He often utilizes motivational presentations to help launch corporate goals and kick-off meetings.
Marshal is the author of two books, Why Customers Do What They Do (2006) and Buy Me! How to Get Customers to Choose Your Products and Ignore the Rest (2010).
Just because you're at a conference doesn't mean the world stops. This section will feature the latest industry news so you don't miss a beat while networking with old friends and new connections.
Ride-hailing services making inroads at airports: It’s been a bumpy ride, but many major airports are successfully hammering out deals with ride-hailing services such as Uber,
Lyft and Sidecar. And that means more and, often, less expensive ground transportation options for many travelers. Read more >>
FAA-Backed panel outlines safety restrictions for large drones:
U.S. aviation experts have laid out preliminary standards intended to eventually permit large drones, such as those used by the military and border-patrol officials, to fly in domestic airspace alongside jets and general aviation aircraft. Read more >>
PreCheck security screenings coming to Yeager Airport:
Board members at Yeager Airport approved a contract last week to allow for an expedited security screening program. Read more >>
67 guns found in U.S. Airport searches in one week:
U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Read more >>
'Ghost planes' display aid at O'Hare helping safety, capacity problems:
"Ghost" images of planes landing at O'Hare are helping air-traffic controllers to more safely stagger jets operating on converging flight paths. Read more >>
Girls check out aviation careers at RDU:
The aviation industry has a stereotype that’s hard to shake: Men become pilots and women become
attendants. Read more >>
Dayton to host aviation writers:
A dozen aviation media professionals with national or international audiences will get an exclusive, in-depth look at many of the Greater Dayton region’s nationally important aviation heritage sites, during the Aviation Writers Summit, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Read more >>
Airport practice session lifts children with autism:
Heading down Airport Way toward Portland International Airport, there’s a big sign boldly proclaiming PDX "America’s Best Airport." But for someone with autism, the airport with all its sights, sounds, and busyness can be an overwhelming, overstimulating place. Scary, even. Read more >>
Years after enhanced screening, passengers continue pushing airport security limits:
It’s been years since enhanced screening at airports went into effect, still TSA officials say
passengers try to bring banned items through security checkpoints. Read more >>
Seattle airport locked down 45 minutes after security breach:
Port of Seattle police briefly closed all entrances to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while they responded to a security alarm. Read more >>
Driver's licenses from four states will soon be invalid for airport security, Is yours one of them?:
And a giant "Ugh!" arose from New York. And from Minnesota, Louisiana and New Hampshire, when it became known earlier this month that residents of those states will have to find alternatives to their driver’s licenses to get through airport security, starting as early as next year. Read more >>
Airline space wars are shifting to the human rights front:
Do you have the right to room on a plane? If you answered "no," you’re probably with the majority of American travelers. After all, airlines are private companies, and you always have the option of paying more for an upgraded seat, don’t you? Read more >>
Should air traffic controllers be privatized?:
The Federal Aviation Administration is a huge bureaucracy with perennial funding issues. Among its many duties is overseeing thousands of air traffic controllers at hundreds of airports and planes ranging from private jets to passenger airliners to military transports. Read more >>
Make your plans now to see the most innovative products and services the industry has to offer at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Route your show floor itinerary by reviewing the exhibitor profiles in Centerlines
or visit our website’s interactive map
Be sure to tweet comments and photos leading up to this year's annual conference. Mention @airportscouncil
and use the hashtag #airports15 and you may be the lucky recipient of a great giveaway!
Check out the full 2015 Conference agenda here
Thinking Beyond Traditional Air Service – New Models, New Options: The last eight years have been difficult for many communities in retaining existing air services as airlines consolidated, exercised capacity discipline and changed aircraft types. While the growth of the ultra-low cost carriers has been a boon to some markets, airports have been forced to be creative and innovative in finding even more new types of air services. Hear from industry leaders about some of the latest in unconventional opportunities.
Building a Sustainable Workforce – Talent Farming Versus Talent Hunting: A new approach to sourcing talent might be necessary to increase the likelihood that airports have access to the talent necessary to execute their business strategy in the 21st century. Shifting an airport’s focus away from hunting for talent only when there is a specific need toward farming for talent, always and in all ways, should be considered. Innovative talent sourcing strategies, to sustain an organization’s talent pipeline, are essential to
building a sustainable
21st century workforce with the skills necessary to execute current and future business strategies.
Creating a Culture of Stewardship – Sustainability at All Levels of the Organization: In order to realize the full benefits of sustainability initiatives, successful businesses have discovered the importance of implementing the triple bottom line at all organizational levels. It can be difficult, if not impossible for organizations to show measurable benefits of such sustainability efforts if only one line of business or department is engaged – sustainability is not referred to as a "one-legged stool" after all! Airports can learn from our business partners and stakeholders as they seek to create a culture of stewardship and embrace the triple bottom line at all levels.
Rise of the Drones – What Do Unmanned Aircraft Systems Mean to You? Whether you call them unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), or even "drones," these new generation aerial vehicles are having broad and significant impacts on both the U.S. and Canadian aviation industry. In this plenary session, we’ll discuss the rapidly evolving roles and capabilities of UASs as well as the safety, regulatory, and operational issues associated with their use.